Latest piece likely from missing MH370

Media Release

DC081/2016

29 July 2016

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said today it is highly likely that the latest piece of debris being analysed by Australian Transport and Safety Bureau (ATSB) is from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

“The wing part was found in Tanzania and transported to Australia for analysis by ATSB,” Mr Chester said.

“The experts will continue to analyse this piece to assess what information can be determined from it.”

Previously one piece of debris has been confirmed as coming from MH370 and four further items were determined to be almost certainly from the missing aircraft.

The debris pieces were located in areas consistent with drift modelling performed by Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and affirms the focus of search efforts in the southern Indian Ocean.

Mr Chester said the underwater search was continuing around 2600kms west of Perth. Subject to weather conditions, the targeted 120,000 square kilometre search in water up to six kilometres deep is expected to be finalised by December.

“We remain hopeful that the aircraft will be located in the remaining search area,” Mr Chester said.

“As agreed by Ministers from Malaysia and the People's Republic of China and Australia at the tripartite meeting on 22 July 2016, in the event that the aircraft is not located in the current area, the search for MH370 will be suspended on the completion of the 120,000 square kilometre high priority search area unless credible new evidence about the specific location of the aircraft emerges.”

The latest piece of debris being examined at the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau.

The latest piece of debris being examined at the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau.